Couple teams up for marriage and masters

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John and Ann Gearen of Oak Park announce the marriage of their son, John Alan, to Molly Christiansen, daughter of Knud and Lindsey Christiansen of Princeton, N.J. The couple was married on June 18 in Union Pier, Mich.

John received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Brown University in Providence, R.I. Molly received her B.A. in community health, also from Brown. The couple will be at home in Ann Arbor, Mich., where both will begin work toward an M.B.A., Molly with a joint masters in public health, and John with a joint masters in environmental resources.

Bridge's brush with the best

Oak Park artist Nick Bridge was awarded Best in Show at "The Modern Landscape," an Illinois Artist Invitational Exhibition in Springfield that runs through Nov. 5. He won for an oil painting entitled "Chamber of Repose," part of a series depicting Chicago's Lower Wacker Drive.

Elder rights recognition

Laura Hill of Oak Park received an Elder Abuse Caseworker Certificate of Recognition at the 19th Annual Elder Rights Conference Awards Luncheon in July. Hill has been with the Oak Park Township Senior Services office for two years.

Art by Deco

A collage by River Forest artist Bernadette Freeman, who goes by the name Deco, will be featured in the eighth annual Chicago Art Open in the third floor gallery at 847 W. Jackson in Chicago. The collage, "Limitless Undying Love," will be on display from Oct. 10 to 24.

Ansell rushes in

Dr. David A. Ansell of Oak Park has been appointed vice president and chief medical officer for Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. In the newly-created position, Ansell is directing quality, clinical resource management and patient experience processes at the Medical Center. He has also been appointed professor in the department of internal medicine and is serving as associate dean for hospital affairs at Rush Medical College.

A major focus of Ansell's career has been community-based medicine and preventive care. Before moving to Rush, he was chair of the department of internal medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center and executive vice chair of internal medicine at the Chicago Medical School. In Oak Park, he is a member of the Coalition for a Smoke Free Oak Park and formerly served on the board of directors of Vital Bridges, chair of the Social Action Committee of the Oak Park Temple, and as a member of the board of the Children's Museum of Oak Park.

Vice president on the move

River Forest resident Bryn E. Reese has joined Metropolitan Family Services, a counseling and family services provider, as executive vice president, external relations. She will lead the fundraising and development initiatives and be responsible for all marketing, communications and media relations strategy. Reese previously held the position of vice president of external affairs for the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations.

Dean Styer

Audrey Styer of Oak Park was promoted from faculty member in computer information systems to dean at Morton College in Cicero. Styer, who holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from Dominican University, is completing her Ph.D. in education at Capella University. She will oversee assessment and technology at Morton.

Two for Elmhurst College

Two Oak Parkers have joined the staff as full-time faculty members at Elmhurst College. Janette Bayles is an assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Sara Blair, who has her M.S.N. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, is an assistant professor in the Deicke Center for Nursing Education.

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